Rafting Safety & Basics

At Downstream Adventures, our number one priority is providing you with the safest and most exciting rafting experience possible. Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors equip you with all the necessary information to have a smooth and enjoyable ride on the river!

Start your day with a 10-15 minute orientation, where you will be instructed on general safety procedures, such as staying in the boat and what to do if you fall out. We will then split into small groups, where you will meet your personal instructor and learn about paddle commands. Downstream Adventures has an impeccable safety record. We ensure all our guides, at a minimum, have been certified in CPR/First Aid and trained in life-saving swiftwater rescue techniques. Every full time guide we have, at the moment, has surpassed the highest level of guide qualification recognized by the state of Colorado (lvl 3) by leaps and bounds.

You are in safe hands. Let Downstream Adventures take you on an epic ride!

Due to industry standard insurance mandates, we must require that you use our personal flotation devices (P.F.D.) on all commercial trips. However, if you have any other whitewater gear or clothing, feel free to bring it along.

Layers; synthetic fleece and wool. Cotton does not retain heat when wet and is not recommended. Tops, Bottoms, Socks and anything else warm(not cotton) come in handy during early season and on rainy days.

Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. No crocs of any kind or flip flops, sandals must have a heel strap. You will want your footwear to stay on in the event of a swim. Wool, fleece, or neoprene socks will help keep you warm on chilly days.

Dry clothes and towels for after the trip.

Sunscreen, sunglasses (you will want a strap, we sell them in our store), and hats. Baseball caps may be worn under the helmets.

Clear Creek has a thirst for valuables. Jewelry, phones, cameras and various other expensive trinkets are resting in its depths even now. Items like this should not go rafting, unless you are willing to accept the risk of dropping it in the water.

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